Acoustic Intercept Receiver for Naval Special Warfare Undersea Vehicles

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-09-M-0365
Agency Tracking Number: N09A-012-0333
Amount: $69,671.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2009
Solicitation Year: 2009
Solicitation Topic Code: N09-T012
Solicitation Number: 2009.A
Small Business Information
9500 Innovation Drive, Manassas, VA, 20110
DUNS: 945837219
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Ronald Ghen
 Principal Investigator
 (703) 368-6107
Business Contact
 Christine Sigety
Title: Manager of Business Support
Phone: (703) 368-6107
Research Institution
 The Pennsylvania State University
 Pamela R Righter
 P.O. Box 30
State College, PA, 16804
 (814) 863-3991
 Nonprofit college or university
NNaval Special Warfare requires a low-power, light-weight acoustic intercept receiver capable of detecting and identifying the acoustic signals of manned or unmanned undersea vehicles. Traditional acoustic receivers in use on current submarine platforms are large, cumbersome and feature-rich. The Special Warfare vehicles require a much smaller, self-contained system without all the submarine’s capabilities. This system must operate with higher frequency operational processing bands, operationally intuitive operator / machine interface (OMI) that function under extreme in-water situations. Signal Processing must achieve high sensitivity with low false alarm rates requiring full spectrum, spectral redundant based signal processing techniques be considered to enhance detection and bearing estimates within limited space/ weight/ volume allocations. Partnered with Pennsylvania State University, our solution leverages acoustic previous acoustic intercept experience to design a low risk, operationally effective, highly reliable system for the Naval Special Warfare community developed with total ownership cost in mind. Our Phase I research weighs processing innovation, risk, and total owner-ship cost to establish a solution that we would be demonstrated in Phase II for future transition. Our integration experience ensures design of fieldable solutions with minimum platform impact that will transition to production in Phase III.

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